The DuPage County Health Department has confirmed that West Nile virus has claimed the life of a Westmont woman.
The woman who died from the virus was in her 70s, according to the Health Department. No other details were available due to privacy restrictions.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10 human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois so far this year, including a Cook County man in his 60s who died earlier this month, according to the DuPage County Health Department.
The virus is transmitted from a mosquito that becomes infected with the virus from feeding on an infected bird. People may become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms of the illness and never become ill, according to the Health Department. But some people may become ill 3-15 days following a bite.
Anyone may contract the virus after being bitten, but those over 50 or who have chronic diseases, cancer or heart problems are more at risk, according to the Health Department.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include fever, headache and body aches.